Tom Steyer Calls Out Nancy Pelosi For Impeachment Comments

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Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) said, "One could imagine a President who committed a felony and the House simply decided, for the good of the country, it wasn't an important felony, it was just a mistake, it's something we can deal with after a presidential term". "I mean, ethically unfit".

Steyer's op-ed pushed back on Pelosi's claim that a move to impeach would not have Republican support.

The speaker had previously taken a cautious tone when discussing possibly impeaching the president - a path widely viewed as politically fraught, though its supporters say with so few examples in American history it remains to be seen how a new trial would play out in the public.

"I don't think it's a gift, I think it's reality and I think that the American people are going to have a choice in 2020", said Strategic Communications Director for the Trump 2020 Campaign Marc Lotter to FOX Business' "Kennedy" on Tuesday. Intellectually unfit. Curiosity-wise unfit. Once in control of the House, in 2007, she made sure that Pentagon operations in Iraq were fully funded, including the major escalation ordered by Bush (the "surge"), that was in direct defiance of the public sentiment revealed in the election.

Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries of NY made this point bluntly: "We did not run on impeachment".

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"I think the more candidates the better", he said. If Congress opts against impeachment regardless of what the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, reports, would that set the bar so high that impeachment will no longer be a viable option? Khanna asked. "I would say wait".

But there is no suggestion, in any of the ongoing discussions by Democrats, for and against impeachment, of citing Trump's defiance of the congressional power to appropriate funds, laid down in Article I of the Constitution, as one of the possible articles of impeachment. "We want to pay money to people who don't even want to work'". Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary for the Trump campaign, said in a statement.

So what we see here is the leader of the Republican party raising the specter of impeachment, while the ostensible leader of the Democratic party tamping down impeachment talk.

ABC News' John Parkinson contributed from Capitol Hill.

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